A photo of Hilary Swank in The Homesman (via IMDb).
Oscar History: Two wins from two nominations
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Role: Mary Bee Cuddy, a pioneer woman who accompanies claim jumper George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) “to escort three insane women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, and Sonja Richter) from Nebraska to Iowa” (via IMDb)
- Telluride Film Festival (2014)- Silver Medallion (tribute/body of work)
- Cannes Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
- Telluride Film Festival (2014)
Why? People are mixed on the film but not on Swank’s performance therein. She gets buzz for any Oscar-bait role she takes – look at the early hype for Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010), the latter of which earned her a highly unexpected Screen Actors Guild nod.
Why not? The Homesman might be lost in the mix of contenders with bigger profiles – and more established distributors, for that matter.
Ranking: No. 8 as of Sept. 12, 2014
More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Leading Role 2014
See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: The Homesman (more)
Best Director 2014: Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman (more)
Best Actor 2014: Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wesley Oliver for The Homesman (more)